DHAKA, July 10 - Bangladesh today banned the broadcast of controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik�s Peace TV, cracking down on the channel and radical sermons after reports that �provocative� speeches inspired some of the militants who carried out the country�s worst terror attack at a cafe here.
The decision to ban the Mumbai-based preacher�s �Peace TV Bangla� was taken during a special meeting of Cabinet Committee on Law and Order, Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu, who chaired the meeting said.
In the meeting, attended by senior ministers and top security officials, it was also decided to monitor the sermons given during the Friday prayers to check whether any provocative lectures are delivered, Amu told reporters.
Doctor-turned Naik�s speeches are believed to have inspired some of the Bangladeshi militants, who killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka on July 1.
The government also appealed to the Imams in the country to deliver lectures in line with real Islamic ideology of denouncing terrorism and extremism, the minister said.
Besides senior ministers, the meeting was attended by chief of police and head of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), paramilitary border guards and top officials of different security agencies.
Deployment of additional security forces at export processing zone was also
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan had yesterday said that Bangladesh�s intelligence agencies were investigating the 50-year-old Naik�s possible role in the attack.
�He is on our security scanner... Our intelligence agencies are investigating his activities as his lectures appeared provocative,� Khan had told PTI.
Khan said the investigators were also probing Naik�s financial transactions in Bangladesh.
One of the slain attackers of the terrorist attack in Dhaka�s high-security Gulshan area, the 22-year-old Rohan Imtiaz quoted Naik in a Facebook post in January this year where he urged �all Muslims to be terrorists�. � PTI